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Self-esteem

Self-esteem is the way people think about themselves, and how worthwhile they feel. Psychologists use the word self-esteem to describe whether someone likes them self or not.
Self-esteem is the way people think about themselves, and how worthwhile they feel. Psychologists use the word self-esteem to describe whether someone likes them self or not.
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Questions and Answers

No -- we as humans have such complex lives and therapists know this. I encourage you to open up about these topics in a way that feels authentic to you. You do not have to talk about all of these all at once, you can let them come up in therapy naturally. I hope you find a therapist that you really... more

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Crystal Robinson
Crystal Robinson
It's okay not to be okay!

Having multiple things/issues to address in therapy is very common. I would suggest taking on one issue at a time to get the most out of it versus rushing to address everything all at once. It's okay to give yourself some grace and take it one step at a time.

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Julia  Davis
Julia Davis
Learn healthy boundaries to gain confidence, compassion & peace

The short answer is no. You are human and some of us (myself included) have been through many twists and turns throughout our lifetime. The good news is often as we improve in one part of our life it has a trickle-out effect to the rest of your life. So you can feel more at peace and less hurried to... more

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Ryan Kopyar
Ryan Kopyar
I see you. I hear you. I am here to hold space for you.

I recognize that reaching out for help can be a very big step. It certainly sounds like you have really been through a lot in your life. Working with a counselor can help to sort through some of these past traumas and pain. Of course, we can not change the past, but we can change the meaning that... more

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Cynthia Finefrock
Cynthia Finefrock
Assisting with neurodiversity, autism, ADHD, depression, anxiety, and trauma.

No, you don't have too many issues for counseling; that's what counseling is here for! Now, you may need multiple therapeutic supports, unless you find a counselor who specializes in all of the concerns you have. Often, mental health treatment is a collaborative effort. So for example, you might... more

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Lynda Martens
Lynda Martens
Marriage & Family Therapist, MSc, RP, RMFT

Hi Cerritos,This is an interesting twist because it's more common for the person in your position to want to move forward, and for the person who was wronged to struggle with forgiveness. You are lucky to have a loving, compassionate partner, and your boyfriend is lucky to have a partner who takes... more

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Cynthia Finefrock
Cynthia Finefrock
Assisting with neurodiversity, autism, ADHD, depression, anxiety, and trauma.

The fact that you never get around to it shows that you are avoiding dealing with those feelings for some reason. Therefore, there are some questions you could ask yourself: How is this belief of worthlessness serving you? What do you fear about confronting this belief? Do you fear that this belief... more

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Crystal Robinson
Crystal Robinson
It's okay not to be okay!

I would suggest being kind and gentle with yourself. A lot of times we tend to try to live up to others expectations or what they feel you should do. I encourage you to give yourself grace and know that we were all created differently and unique in our own way. The world would be a boring place if... more

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Dr. Meredyth Lawrynce
Dr. Meredyth Lawrynce
Serving Clients Nationwide

Did anyone else tell you this, did you in your own heart feel it was revealing? Why does what he said matter so deeply. Typically people project their feelings, insecurities, and biases on us, and we have to decide if we agree with them or not. Others' opinions of us do not determine the sum total... more

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Dr. Meredyth Lawrynce
Dr. Meredyth Lawrynce
Serving Clients Nationwide

It is wonderful that you want to become more open minded or less irritable and happier! Defining what that means, would help. Taking mico steps on your way to embracing what it means for YOU! What irritates you most, what in the past has made you happy? What areas do you want to be open-minded... more

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